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Carthage Area Hospital says the same pressures that are facing all hospitals these days forced it to restructure. Photo: Joanna Richards
Carthage Area Hospital says the same pressures that are facing all hospitals these days forced it to restructure. Photo: Joanna Richards

Carthage Hospital lays off 73 workers

Carthage Area Hospital is laying off 73 workers, part of its second restructuring in just the past few months. Forty-one of those were members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1199.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo Photo:  Mark Kurtz
Governor Andrew Cuomo Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY officials: Agreement for $8B Medicaid waiver

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that New York has reached an agreement with federal officials for a waiver allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospitals and improve health care.

Cuomo said earlier Thursday that without the federal money, the state would
have a health care crisis and hospitals would close, especially in Brooklyn.  Go to full article
Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital (pictured here) and Kinney nursing home. Now the nursing home's future is unclear. Photo: Sarah Harris
Last year, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital (pictured here) and Kinney nursing home. Now the nursing home's future is unclear. Photo: Sarah Harris

Gouverneur's Kinney Nursing Home may close

The state Department of Health is reviewing a plan to close Kinney Nursing Home.

Last December, Canton-Potsdam Hospital purchased the assets of both E.J. Noble Hospital and the nursing home, which had been operating a loss.

A new entity, Gouverneur Hospital, has emerged, and operations began last month, under a new parent organization, the St. Lawrence Health System. But the nursing home may not be part of the new organization's future.  Go to full article

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Step by Step Director David Bayne, and Carla Nunez. Photo: Julie Grant
Step by Step Director David Bayne, and Carla Nunez. Photo: Julie Grant

What NY reform means for Ogdensburg mental health care

Advocates for people with mental illness in rural New York are concerned about the changes announced recently by the state. The New York State Office of Mental Health plans to close 65 inpatient beds at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.

North Country residents who need long-term hospitalization could be sent to Syracuse or Utica for care, to what the state is calling "Regional Centers of Excellence."

The Office of Mental Health says the state will provide more money for outpatient services in the North Country.  Go to full article

Colleges go digital to combat undergrad weight gains

It used to be the Freshman 5. Now it's the Freshman 15. But on-demand digital health information seems to be helping control those extra pounds undergrads put on.  Go to full article
Adirondack Health's Lake Placid facility. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Adirondack Health's Lake Placid facility. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Lake Placid officials seek ways to provide 24/7 emergency coverage

Adirondack Health's Board of Trustees ended months of speculation last week when it voted to convert the around-the-clock emergency room at its Lake Placid hospital to part time.

The decision still requires approval of the state Health Department. It comes after hospital officials faced strong opposition over an earlier plan to turn the ER into a part time urgent care center.

Local officials say they're satisfied with the idea of a part-time ER but they'll still looking for ways to ensure the community has around the clock emergency coverage.  Go to full article
Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker. Photo: Martha Foley
Canton-Potsdam Hospital CEO David Acker. Photo: Martha Foley

Why there will be fewer hospitals in the North Country

In the latest installment in our series of health care conversations, David Acker. Acker has been president and CEO of Canton Potsdam Hospital for six years.

The hospital has 94 beds, admits about 5,000 patients a year, treats 26,000 people a year at its emergency room, and employs 930 people.

The last two numbers, staff and ER visits, are trending up. And the hospital is soon to open a new urgent care center to meet the rising need for primary care.

Canton Potsdam Hospital is one of a series of smaller hospitals stringing east to west between Plattsburgh to Watertown.

Acker says it's a network that's at a tipping point. There's just not enough money to go around. And he says these smaller hospitals will soon have to collaborate and consolidate care, or they won't survive.

These hospitals now rely on affiliations with large teaching hospitals in Syracuse and Burlington Vermont. Acker says those relationships will become "more meaningful and deeper as time goes on."

So what do the little hospitals need from the bigger medical centers? Acker says a lot of it comes down to money.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25947183@N04/5728324248/">Ove Overmeyer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Ove Overmeyer, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Abortion rights vote still possible for NYS, women's groups say

Women's groups say they have not given up on abortion rights bill passing in the final days of the session, now that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has introduced the Women's Equality Act as 10 separate bills.

Tracey Brooks, with Family Planning Advocates, says women's groups are asking Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos to bring the abortion rights measure to the floor as a standalone bill. Brooks says Skelos, pledged two years ago to allow what's known as a vote of conscience on social issues where Senators are divided.  Go to full article
New CEO Dianne Shugrue. Photo: Glens Falls Hospital
New CEO Dianne Shugrue. Photo: Glens Falls Hospital

Shugrue named new head of Glens Falls Hospital

Glens Falls Hospital has a new president and CEO. Dianne Shugrue had been serving as the interim president at the regional hospital and was named yesterday to fill the top post permanently.

Shugrue first joined the hospital's staff in 2007.  Go to full article

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